• General Membership Meeting

    Topic: Optimist Family Picnic
    Time: July 20, 2022 6:.30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Location: Hill’s

Get Involved!

The Gettysburg Optimist Club is a 501c3 organization with all donations going directly to youth organizations in the local Gettysburg Community. The Gettysburg, PA Chapter was chartered in 1958 as an affiliate of Optimist International. Since this time, the Club has been in continuous service to the Gettysburg community and its youth. We are seeking men and women of all ages to join us in serving the needs of our community’s youth. Find out how to get involved by contacting us today.

Members

  • Enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie of individuals who get things done and who embrace a similar optimistic mindset.

  • Develop new social and working relationships with individuals from a cross section of our communities and have opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership skills locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

  • Experience satisfaction from making a difference in lives of children as well as the surrounding communities.

  • Receive as much as they give!

Who We Are

We are local men and women who believe that the youth is the future of our city, state, and nation. We wish to give back to the community that gives so much to us!

What We Do

Our volunteer club raises and donates tens of thousands of dollars annually for local youth organizations. We support great programs in local schools, such as the Reading is Fundamental organization and outdoor education. We also support local sports and musical initiatives, including running a two month basketball program for more than 150 youth. For more information about the projects organizations the Optimist Club of Gettysburg is involved with, visit service projects page.

Latest News

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 6:00 PM at Lake Heritage Community Pavilion. We had 19 members and 3 guests present for our meeting. President Gary welcomed all in attendance for our sixth meeting in 2022. We had char-grilled steak and all the fixings for dinner prepared by Gary, Walt, and Mark. Thank you, food committee, for a delicious meal. The evening was spectacular and enjoyed by all.

 

Business Meeting:

 

  1. Secretary’s Report: Approved.
  2. Treasure’s report: Approved
  1. President’s Report:
    1. President Gary attended the Third quarter Zone meeting 5/17 in York.

Old Business

  1. Basketball Committee (Chairs Chris Bender & Brian Skidmore)
    1. Brian introduced Coach Chris Davis and family who volunteered with our Optimist basketball program. Our program touched over 180 boys and girls from the greater Gettysburg area.
  2. Golf Committee (Chair Steve Burton)
    1. Tom reported our 12th annual “Clyde E Williams Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament” a success. We had 84 golfers participate. Thank you members for your support and volunteering your help, this type of event needs everyone to be a success. We cleared $6,000.00.
  3. Respect for Law (Chair Doug Miller)
    1. Event held 2/23/2022
    2. No report
  4. Oyster & Shrimp Feed Committee (Chairs Wayne Hill & Stacey Schlosser)
    1. Oyster/Shrimp Fundraiser cancelled (3/13/2022)
  5. Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival Parking Committee (Brian Skidmore)
    1. 9/10 & 11/2022 Wine Festival Parking
    2. No report at this time.
  6. Adams County Foundation Giving Spree (Chairs Joe MacDowell & Fred Darling)
    1. 11/3 ACCFGivingSpree.org
    2. No report
  7. RIF & Environmental Ed (Chair Lyne Aurand)
    1. Money will be distributed in the Spring of 2023 after Wine Festival parking fundraiser.
    2. The amount in budget may be adjusted based on fundraising

 

 

New Business

  1. Summer meetings will be held at Lake Heritage pavilion. (6/1, 8/3, 9/7) Our July picnic location will be held at Wayne and Sue’s residence 7/20, details to follow.
  2. August 19-20 at Wyndham, Gettysburg is the Fourth Quarter Zone Convention. Gettysburg Optimist needs representation so mark this on your calendar. It will be in our backyard.
  3. Our new promotion brochure is available, and we should all always have one in our possession. I will have at the picnic for all attending. If you need sooner contact Daryl and one will be mailed to you.

Upcoming Dates:

  • 7/20/2022 Optimist Family Picnic at the Hill’s
  • 8/3/2022 Optimist Meeting & 4th Quarter Zone Meeting, location Lake Heritage Pavilion 6PM social, 6:30PM dinner
  • 8/19-20/2022 4th Quarter Joint Convention at the Wyndham, Gettysburg
  • 9/7/2022 Optimist Meeting
  • 9/10 & 11/2022 Wine Festival Parking
  • 10/5/22 Officer Installation at Mansion House, Fairfield, PA
  • 11/3 Adams County Foundation Giving Spree

Respectfully Submitted,

Daryl Aurand, Secretary

Upcoming Events

  1. Optimist Club Picnic

    July 13 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  2. General Meeting

    August 17 @ 6:00 PM
  3. General Meeting

    September 7 @ 6:00 PM
  4. Wine & Music Festival Parking

    September 10 - September 11
  5. Regular Meeting Installation Banquet

    October 5 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Donate Now

The Gettysburg Optimist Club is a 501c3 organization with all donations going directly to youth organizations in the local Gettysburg Community. The Gettysburg, PA Chapter was chartered in 1958 as an affiliate of Optimist International. Since this time, the Club has been in continuous service to the Gettysburg community and its youth. Donate today to make a direct impact on Bringing out the Best in Kids.